John King

Ireland's Forgotten Explorer - Australia's First Hero


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In 1861 an Irish-born explorer emerged from the Australian outback, sole survivor of the country's greatest expedition. John King from Moy, Co Tyrone had covered the arid continent and discovered vast tracts of rich, fertile land. Seven explorers died on the expedition and with King's triumph in completing one of the world's great feats of endurance, on his return to Melbourne, thousands gathered to crown him Australia's first hero.

Yet within weeks the handsome 22 year old had been airbrushed from popular history. It was determined that King - an 'Irish working man' - was an unsuitable champion and the two dead leaders of the party, the Anglo-Irish gentleman, Robert O'Hara Burke and English scientist William Wills, would be history's heroes.

John King, Ireland's Forgotten Explorer - Australia's First Hero reveals the string of injutices done to John King by powerful contemporaries and subsequent historians and, 150 years after his survival, seeks to give him his rightful place in the Burke and Wills historiography.


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Price: £9.99
Author: Eric Villiers
ISBN: 1900908448040
No. Pages: 160
Dimensions: 216x138mm